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Real’s confidence a pointed contrast with Barca

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Real Madrid have outclassed Manchester United and Barcelona to collect two trophies before the season has begun, and Zinedine Zidane’s side show little sign of relenting as they begin their title defense at Deportivo La Coruna Sunday.

Friday, Aug 18

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Old challenge, new stadium for Atletico

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For an offseason that began by losing an appeal against a one-year transfer ban, Atletico Madrid have emerged impressively unscathed as they welcome in a new era by moving to the newly built Wanda Metropolitano.

Question marks over Barcelona ahead of new campaign

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Barcelona head into the new season surrounded by question marks, with a new coach arriving and one-third of their formidable attacking trident having departed.

Bayern claim opening win

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Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017-2018 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen Friday.

Liverpool reject third Barca bid for Coutinho

Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for star playmaker Philippe Coutinho, a source from the Premier League club confirmed to AFP Friday.

Big-spending AC Milan throw down the gauntlet to Juventus

After years of midtable mediocrity, AC Milan have thrown down the gauntlet to Juventus by assembling a team which supporters believe can end the Turin side’s run of six successive Serie A titles.

Wembley hangs over Tottenham title hopes

The season hadn’t even finished when diggers and cranes arrived at White Hart Lane in the middle of May, beginning the long job of demolishing a stadium that Tottenham had turned into a Premier League fortress.

Five talking points ahead of new Serie A season

The new Serie A season starts Saturday with Juventus aiming to win the title for the seventh season in a row.

Neymar set for home bow as PSG face Toulouse

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After dazzling on his first appearance in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt, Neymar is in line to make his home debut for his new club against Toulouse Sunday.

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Soccer-Barca plan shirt tribute for victims of deadly attack

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Barcelona's players will bear the city's name on the back of their shirts in tribute to the victims of Thursday's deadly attack in the Catalan capital when they play Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday, the club said in a statement.

Thursday, Aug 17

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Injury worries for Bayern ahead of season opener

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Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has a lengthy injury list to contend with as his star-studded champions kick off the new Bundesliga season against Bayer Leverkusen Friday.

Messi and Ronaldo duel to be world’s best

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will again be dueling for the title of world’s best footballer after their names once more headed the shortlist Thursday for The Best FIFA Men’s Player.

Barcelona hopeful on Coutinho, Dembele

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Barcelona are hopeful of pushing through deals to sign both Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in the coming days as efforts to fill the gap left by the departed Neymar intensify.

Signing Mbappe could be more trouble than it’s worth for PSG

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Although Kylian Mbappe is considered a rising star, he is again set to be left out of Monaco’s team for Friday’s trip to Metz.

Wednesday, Aug 16

Nishikori to miss rest of season with wrist injury

Japan’s Kei Nishikori will miss the rest of the 2017 season after tearing a tendon in his right wrist, his manager said Wednesday.

Mayweather and McGregor will fight in smaller gloves

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to hype their fight later this month.

Injuries, upsets for men in Cincinnati; Halep, Konta advance

Injuries and upsets are wrecking the men’s side of the Western & Southern Open.

Pregnant Serena aims for ‘outrageous’ Australian Open return

Serena Williams, feeling new power from her pregnancy, is already readying for an Australian Open title defense in January.

Iran dash Lebanon’s Asia Cup dreams

Iran bated the hosts, they dared them to commit from deep.

Sigurdsson to Everton for $58 million

Everton signed Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson from Premier League rivals Swansea for a club record 45 million pounds ($58 million) Wednesday.

Wenger cites impasse in Sanchez talks

Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal remain at an impasse over new contract talks, manager Arsene Wenger said Wednesday.

Mbappe was dropped to ‘protect’ him: Jardim

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has claimed that star striker Kylian Mbappe was left on the bench last weekend to protect him rather than as a punishment.

British media rave about ‘Alexander the Great’

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s stunning free-kick for Liverpool in their 2-1 Champions League win over Hoffenheim had the British media purring Who needs Coutinho in reference to the wantaway Brazilian star.

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Dortmund's Schuerrle out for month with thigh injury

Berlin, Aug 16, 2017 (AFP) - World Cup-winner Andre Schuerrle is set to miss the first four weeks of the new season after tearing his thigh muscle, Borussia Dortmund confirmed on Wednesday.

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German minister calls for tough response to soccer violence

Germany's interior minister called for tough measures to crack down on soccer fans who commit violent acts, including stadium bans, after fireworks and fires disrupted a match in the Baltic city of Rostock on Monday.

Monday, Aug 14

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Barca floundering as gap with Real grows

Still reeling from having Neymar snatched away by Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona started their season badly in need of reasons for optimism, but instead got a view of the growing gap they face to catch rivals Real Madrid.

‘I’m no criminal!’ Costa blasts Chelsea manager

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has launched an angry broadside against both the club and manager Antonio Conte, accusing them of treating him like a criminal.

Coutinho not in Liverpool squad for Hoffenheim

Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad for their Champions League playoff first-leg match away to Hoffenheim Tuesday.

Ronaldo handed five-match ban for pushing referee

Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Monday for pushing the referee after being sent off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona.

Paulinho joins Catalans for $47 million

Barcelona have agreed a deal with Guangzhou Evergrande to sign Brazilian midfielder Paulinho for 40 million euros ($47.19 million), the Spanish club said Monday.